Lumba Sumba Peak (5200m) is one of the most popular tourist attractions which offer spectacular Himalayan views. Around this trail, you will come across many ethnic groups like Sherpa, Limbu, Gurung Magar, Rai, Tamang, and Newar. This trek runs through Makalu Barun National Park and Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, in the east of Nepal. Explore a variety of species of animals, birds including the endangered Red Panda and Snow Leopard. In this trek, get past the high-altitude lakes found in Olachung Goa.
The trail leads you to the Mt Makalu and Mt Kanchenjunga base camps. Tamor and Amor Rivers are the major tributaries of Sapta Koshi River which is another perk of this trek. Pass through rocky outcrops, alpine grasslands, low river valleys, and dense sub-tropical forest. Other than the natural beauty, the trail features several chortens, temples, monasteries, and prayer walls. Lumba Sumba trek can be one of the best experiences for travelers, trekkers, or adventure lovers.
- Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
After your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, the concerned representative will pick you up and drop you to the hotel on a private tourist vehicle. There will also be a pre-trek meeting where you will get introduced to your trekking guide. You need to bring your passport, copy of the travel insurance policy, and passport-size photos. Also, clear your due balance on this day, if any.
No meals included.
- Day 2: Fly to Biratnagar from Kathmandu and drive to Phidim
Pick up from the hotel, and then take a flight in the afternoon to Biratnagar. Your guide will be escorting you to Biratnagar from Kathmandu and then further drive to Phidim.
- Day 3: Trek to Mitlung and drive to Taplejunga (6-7 hours)
Trek commences from Sherpa Tol at Fungling which is the gateway to the trail. Cross the beautiful Cardamom fields and Alnus trees while you are trekking towards Hangedawa Passing. Proceed to Motlung Passing via Asangpati, Panesar Tole, Gaigode Tole, and Pawa Village.
- Day 4: Trek to Chiruwa from Mitlung (5-6 hours)
Trek next to the Tamor River to Furumda and Mitlung. Pass Tawa village, Sinwa Bazaar, and ascend to Thiwa village which has KCAP entrance gate. Then descend to Chiruwa.
- Day 5: Trek to Lelep from Chiruwa (5-6 hours)
Trek next to the Tamor River through the forest, cardamom fields to Tapethok. Proceed to Lelep after the lunch.
- Day 6: Trek to Ela Danda (6-7 hours)
Start the trek along the Tamor River and cross the suspension bridge. Ascend through the pine forest to the monastery, and then descend to Gowatar. Proceed further to Ela Danda.
- Day 7: Trek to Selep Kharka from Ela Danda (6-7 hours)
Begin trekking through the Rhododendron forest for an hour to the suspension bridge. Move towards Maguwa through the bamboo grooves where you can find the traces of Red Panda. Pass the Maple and Ulnus forest to reach Selep Kharka.
- Day 8: Trek to Olangchung Gola from Selep Kharka (6-7 hours)
Trek to Jomjin which is surrounded by snowcapped hills. You will cross the Olangchung Gola, Sherpa village, and a 465 years old monastery.
- Day 9: Trek to Upper Langmale from Olangchung Gola (5-6 hours)
Get into the wild, and follow the guidelines of the guide to avoid getting lost. Walk towards Upper Langmale.
- Day 10: Trek to Pass Camp from Upper Langmale (5-6 hours)
Trek towards Tangchetar and further proceed to Pass Camp.
- Day 11: Trek to Chaurikharka from Pass Camp (5-6 hours)
This day will probably be more challenging than the others because you will be trekking through the Lumba Sumba Peak (5,200m). It comprises of both ascends and descends to Chaurikharka.
- Day 12: Trek to Thudam from Chaurikharka (6-7 hours)
From Chaurikharka trek downhill to Thudam- a small Sherpa village.
- Day 13: Trek to Kharka from Thudam (6-7 hours)
On this day, you will get to witness the panoramic views of the Makalu range while you trek along the Chujung Khola. Cross the habitat of Red Panda.
- Day 14: Trek to Chyamthang from Kharka (6-7 hours)
Trek to Chaurkharka and go downhill until you reach Arun River, and then proceed towards Chyamthang villages.
- Day 15: Trek to Hatiya from Chyamthang (5-6 hours)
Pass through the Rhododendron forest and trek to Gimber village. As you go along, reach Hariya- a small Bhote village which is also the entry point Makalu National Park.
- Day 16: Trek to Gola from Hatiya (6-7 hours)
Trek through the bank of Arun River to reach your destination - Gola village.
- Day 17: Trek to Gadhi from Gola (1,800m) - 6-7 hours
The journey begins from Goda to make it to your next point, i.e., Gadhi- a Gurung village.
- Day 18: Drive to Khadbari from Gadhi (4-5 hours) and then drive to Biratnagar for 5 hours
Trek downhill, cross the river and then ascend to Num village. Take a drive of 5 hours to Khandbari. Then take a bus to Kathmandu through Biratnagar or Dharan. You can also take the flight from Tumlingarar airstrip.
- Day 19: Fly to Kathmandu
Board a 30-minutes flight to Kathmandu, enjoy the view.
- Day 20: Transfer to the Airport/Drop-off
This wonderful trip comes to an end on this day. Trade emails, take pictures, make new friends. A representative will drop you at the airport 3 hours before your departure. Have a nice journey!
- Airport pick-up and drop from a private vehicle.
- Twin sharing accommodation for 4 nights in Kathmandu (breakfast included).
- Standard twin sharing accommodation at a Guesthouse in Biratnagar for 1 night.
- All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner).
- Camping essentials and gear.
- Licensed trekking guides and porters.
- Salary, insurance of the trekking staff.
- All permits and fees.
- Down jacket and Sleeping bag.
- Domestic Airfare.
- Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees.
- Farewell Dinner.
- Govt taxes, VAT, and tourist service charges.
- Official Expenses.
- Free duffel bag and a hat.
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
- Travel Insurance which covers rescue missions.
- International airfare and departure tax.
Good to Know
- Carry Trekking Equipment like a fleece jacket, Windcheaters, trekking boots, etc.
- Consult a doctor for health check-ups before coming, and also get high-altitude sickness tablets.
- Keep Ibuprofen for general pains and aches.
- Always keep a durable pouch or wallet for keeping your important documents.
- Carry water purification tablets.
- On the trek, you can come across endangered species like the Red Panda.